HMAS Gladstone (II)
Fremantle Class
Patrol Boat (PB)
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
8 September 1984
13 March 2007
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 metres
Beam 7.15 metres
Draught 1.8 metres
Speed 30 knots
Range 2,360 nautical miles at 12 knots
Crew 24
  • Two MTU 538 series 16-cylinder main propulsion engines
  • One Dorman 12-cylinder auxiliary propulsion engine
Horsepower 6,140
  • 40/60 Bofors general purpose gun
  • Machine Guns
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Gladstone (II) Badge

Commissioned in September 1984 and based at Cairns for her entire life, Gladstone (affectionately known by many as "Sadrock") contributed to border protection and regional engagement for 22 and a half years, and over 618,000 miles. She continued her mission with alacrity right to the end.

Gladstone and her 14 sister FCPBs were the Navy's principal contribution to the nation's fisheries protection, immigration, customs and drug law enforcement operations.

The vessels worked hand-in-hand with other Government agencies and each year they provided up to 1800 patrol days as part of the Coastwatch-managed national surveillance effort. In the event of war they would have been tasked to control the waters close to the Australian mainland. They were well prepared for their patrol duties and other operational requirements.

HMAS Gladstone in company with some of her sister Fremantle Class Patrol Boats
HMAS Gladstone in company with some of her sister Fremantle Class Patrol Boats.

In addition were central to Australia's engagement with countries in the South West Pacific region and deployed throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific in support of Australia's strategic interests. The Fremantle Class Patrol Boats (and now the Armidale Class Patrol Boats) also supported Special Forces operations and provided a useful transport capability, particularly in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations.

Gladstone was equipped with high definition navigational radar, high and ultra high frequency communications equipment, gyro compasses and echo sounder. She was also fitted with a satellite navigation system that enabled the ship's position to be determined with great accuracy.

Gladstone was the second ship of this name within the RAN. HMAS Gladstone (I) was a Bathurst class corvette.